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Nevada Union squeaks out win over Bear River in Post 130 battle

The Union staff

The immediate future of the Bear River and Nevada Union baseball teams were on the display Tuesday at Ted White Field, as the American Legion Post 130 teams squared off in a western Nevada County clash.

Nevada Union’s up-and-comers topped Bear River’s future Bruins by an 8-7 count, but both sides agreed the future looks bright for both programs.

“I think so,” said White, Nevada Union’s coach. “I think we’re both a little bit young, but this was a very well-played game.

“There weren’t a lot of mistakes and we had some clutch hitting and some good defensive plays. It was a fun ball game.”

David Wilkins got the Miners off to a strong start in the first inning, with a three-run triple. Broughan Jantz and Adam Kremple each went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Henry Harrison added a double for the Miners.

On the opposite side of the box score, Michael Lewis led the way with three hits and 2 RBI, while Brandon Fry, Nolan Lewis and Cole White each doubled for Bear River.

“Overall, it’s a good group of kids,” said Bear River coach Taylor Welz. “It’s a rebuilding group, but a good group.

“We just got back from (Bear River baseball’s) awards banquet and there were nine seniors there, so there are lots of shoes to fill.”

Patrick Scott threw the first four innings for Bear River, while Scott Runte finished off the final frames.

For Nevada Union, Greg Heauser drew the start but was sidelined after being hit by a pitch at the plate. Alec Giron threw two innings and earned the win, while Richie Osborne threw one inning of action and Jared Ralph pitched the final inning for the save.

The teams lock up again on Thursday, squaring off at Bear River in a 5 p.m. matchup.

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